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Friday, February 10, 2012

NYC expands boating to three more reservoirs

A program that began in 2008 on New York City's Cannonsville Reservoir in the Delaware River drainage has been expanded to include three other city owned drinking water reservoirs; Pepacton, Neversink and Schoharie.

Both Pepacton and Neversink reservoirs are also in the Delaware River Basin while Schoharie is part of the Hudson River reservoir system.

A moderately complex set of rules and regulations, along with the customary permitting process, has been put in place for anyone wishing to use these waters.

For years fishermen have been allowed to use these reservoirs after obtain a permit.  Fishing has been allowed from shore and also from a row boat, but the boat had to stay at an assigned location at the reservoir for the entire season.

To protect their drinking water, New York City doesn't allow any motors, either gas or electric, to be used on these waters.

For more information visit the NYC DEP web page that explains the process in more detail: http://www.nyc.gov/html/dep/html/watershed_protection/cannonsville_boating_program.shtml

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